Why I Blog: theunfetteredpreacher

I thought I wanted to write a book. (About Jesus in the Old Testament). The woman I hired to proof read and edit, told me I should start a blog.

She thought the blog would help me correct my spelling and grammar. (If only it had. lol).

A blog? I had never read one, visited one or thought of bloggers at all.

Then I checked into it. Some wrote well, others, badly, but people read them, their voices were heard, Some had 12 followers, others had thousands.

Being the mighty man of Faith, I am, I decided if theunfetteredpreacher, was available, as a site, it would be a sign from God, to go for it.

I had bought a Tablet, so I could take pictures and write from my favorite chair, so I jumped in.

I desired to write, Biblical Teachings, that were not influenced by Denominational Rituals, Ceremonies or Doctrine.

I did not care what others taught, I longed to teach the Bible.

I believed then as I do now, the Church is Powerless, ineffective, and a hindrance to the building of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Why? We follow, Luther, Calvin or Wesley, when we should be following Christ.

People are encouraged to join a Church, a Denomination, a Fellowship, believe like us. We have the Truth…

No one has cornered the Truth, we all have a piece, a snippet, a revelation, that needs to be shared.

When we only deal with Our Denominations teaching, we miss out on so much truth.

Our God is bigger then what our Denominations teach.

We need to know what the Word says, not what anyone teaches.

The Word has to be the final authority.

Sadly, most of us do not search for ourselves, the truth of God’s Word. We rely on our Pastors Interpretation.

Very often, His Interpretation, came from another man. So you are learning something third hand, when we are responsible to know ourselves.

Let what you learn from others, spark your interest, to search the Scriptures to see if it be true.

Only then, do you become a follower of Christ, instead of following man.

What is my responsibility as “theunfetteredpreacher”? The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

The last few weeks I have gotten some wonderful feed back, about some of my blog posts. 

My purpose and my prayer is that this blog brings people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

Being brought up Catholic, I had heard the Bible stories, believed Jesus died for me and yet never knew I could know Him.

After much prayer, that if He (God), was real I wanted to know a God of Power, not just of hot wind. 

He brought me to Christian Retreat in Bradenton Fla.  

They believed and taught me for 3 years, as I worked as a cook, to study the Word for myself, with out Denominational Glasses.

When I first left school, I thought you needed to believe like I do, or you were not a good Christian.   Thank God, I grew out of that.

As I found truth in the word I had not been taught I was excited, it was new revelation to me.  My eyes were opened, some others were not excited.

We find all sorts of Denominations that do not except the truth of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today. 

Where in my understanding, Jesus told us to wait to receive, so we would be equiped for the ministry.  This includes all the Gifts in 1 Cor. 12-14, Eph. and Romans.

So I find myself knowing, reading and learning from the KJ only people, Baptists, Catholics, Prosperity Preachers, even the UMC, where I play piano, lead praise (not so much now), and teach OT.

I feed on the truth… backed up by 2 or 3 scriptures, chuckle at some harmless bad Doctrine and throw out the dangerous Doctrine.

In my old age I have realized, if we agree we love and serve Jesus, the rest is the color in Gods garden.   He made us all as we are, and loves us even if we are wrong, if our hearts are right.

I leave you with these three scriptures…

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

If you meet the above criteria, you are my brother.  It  is your responsibility to study to shew yourself approved, rightly dividing the word of truth.

So don’t take my word, or another mans word, as the ultimate truth;  KNOW FOR YOURSELF, WHAT TO BELIEVE BY THE STUDY OF THE WORD.  

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Lord, I pray I lead no one anywhere, except closer to You.   Amen

Elijah, a man of God 3: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

We are looking at Elijah and the widow woman from 1 Kings 17.  If you would like to see how he got here,  otherwise briefly:

He was beside a brook, exactly where he was told to be by the Lord.  Food provided by Ravens, and all the water he could drink.

Until, because of the drought, the brook dried up. 

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,   Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:”

The Prophet of God, he has the Gift of Faith, now receiving another Word of Knowledge and a Word of Wisdom.

behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

Elijah was an Israelite, he knew the law and this was not right.  He knew the Lords commands to care for widows and the fatherless.

Yet his instructions are clear, go, the widow will feed, clothe, give him a place to lay his head.

This colors the way he approached her.  He didn’t request water, but asked for a little drink,  he didn’t ask for a meal, but a morsel, (a small amont), of bread.

He met her where she was.

This is a lesson we all must learn.  Not asking people for more than they have to give.  This is true of offerings, physical assistence, prayers and especially Salvation.

A lot of folks might come to the Lord if, we weren’t trying to clean them up first.  “Quit that lifestyle, then come and join us at church.”

Jesus met them where they were,  opened their eyes to the possibilities of a better life, health, wealth, peace, joy.

It wasn’t till they asked questions, did he bring up their faults and offer forgiveness.

Asking for little the woman replied:

As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Where she was:
She had no cake  –  just a handful of meal and a little oil.

She was gathering “2” sticks.  (It must have been vary little supply, to be cooked with only 2 sticks).

That we might eat, all that we have, there was no hope,  in her, for life, only to die.  

She said this in an oath to Elijahs God, not her Canaanite God.

Yet, Elijah once again speaks a Word of Knowledge:
Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

A test; feed me first. 

We face this test daily, does God come first in our lives.  Do we first obey Him, then attend to our desires?   I would like to think I do, but in reality,… nope.

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.”

This another Word of Knowledge, the meal and oil will not run out.  The Word of Wisdom, feed me first.

And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”

She went and did according to the Word of the Lord, through His Prophet. 

The Lord watched over His Word.

We might see this Working of Miracles, God moving in our midst, if we would only learn to listen and obey.

Elijah, a man of God 2: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As we take another look at Elijah, a quick reminder of what went before.

He appears out of nowhere, a nobody, an unknown who finds himself before the King of all the land.  (An evil King at that)

He is a Prophet of the Lord, he has a Word of Knowledge from the Lord, and he has the Gift of Faith, from the Lord and boldly proclaims, to this evil King. (Ahab)

As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Picture that, speaking to the King… There are no lightning bolts, earth quakes, darkness covering the earth, or even a loud voice from heaven.

Just your words…  (no signs, wonders or miracles confirming your words). 

Just the King, his mouth open in amazement,   his body guards, frozen in place, not reacting to stop this nobody, who is suddenly here in front of the King , rebucking the King…

An angry King, with the power to have you arrested, imprisoned, beheaded.

Wouldn’t this be a good time for the Lord to show himself strong on your behalf?

The Lord didn’t think so, instead he told Elijah:

Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith

What?  Go hide?  I just, in Faith, spoke Your word, rebuked the most powerful man in my world, and all You do is tell me to GO HIDE?

Well not quite, the Lord also told him:

And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.  So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.” 

God is Awesome, able to meet our needs by using Ravens if He so chooses.  Why do we get so excited when times get lean? 

Where is our Faith?

Did the Lord not promise, He would never leave us or forsake us?  Did you not read, My God shall supply  all my needs?  Or the Lord is my Sheperd, I shall not want?

As I write this, it is the first of the month, my mortgage is due along with all my other monthly obligations. 

I’ve not the money to pay, or the work lined up to make The money I need to pay.

And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”

I’ve been here, where God sent me, doing Gods will, and now the brook has dried up. 

What’s going on Lord, have I sinned?

What did I do, to be here, lacking, my basic needs?

You promised You would provide, what’s up?

Now, I know I am no Elijah, and it seems I am not a rain maker. 

In my case, I believe I was sent to this little God loving and loved by God church, to lead them to more.

More Power, More Joy, More Jesus, More Life, More Peace, health, wisdom, grace….

They listen, nod their heads and say:  “If God wanted us to have that, He would have given it to us.”

Never to realize, they had to ask for salvation, before receiving it.  It is the same with the Gifts of the Spirit.  We must ask, let God know He is our provider, let Him know we know His word and will.  Seek the best Gift.

The best gift is the Gift needed now.   ASK, SEEK, KNOCK…

Do not stop until you receive.  An answer.  Yes, No or latter.

In Elijahs case, God had more for him to do elsewhere.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,   Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:

A new chapter is awaiting him as he obeys the voice of the Lord.

Do you feel like you are stuck, that there is little or no forward motion in your life?  Have you ignored the voice of the Lord?

Maybe it is time to move on in His will, to a new chapter in your life.

Seek Him, prayerfully.   Amen

Elijah, a man of God 1: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

I hesitate to write this post, but my Wednesday night Bible study has reached 1 Kings 17, this week, so it has been on my heart and mind.

I hesitate, because my friend Wally Fry, from Truth in Palmya, is already doing an excellent study on Elijah – How one man made a difference.

I have enjoyed reading his thoughts and teachings, and I urge you to check it out for yourselves.

So, I humbly submit my thoughts on this, my favorite Biblical figure.

1 Kings 17
King James Version (KJV)
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”

The first thing that tickles my fancy is, this man Elijah, comes out of nowhere, A nobody, we know nothing of his back story, yet here he is confronting the most powerful man in Israel, the King, Ahab.

In chapter 16 we read that:  “Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.  And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.”

As it is today, it was a light thing, nothing to worry about, of no consequence, for people to worship and serve the false gods of money, status and power. 

To ignore that which is right and true, for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, to be preferred.

We may wonder how Elijah came to know the Lords will, how he found access to the king and maybe most of all, where the boldness to speak this word, came from.

Elijah, unlike Abram, in Genisis 12, who we find, “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country,

The Lord had said,”  This implies more than once, the Lord spoke, told Abram, His will, His directions, before Abram was obedient. 

We see no recorded words of direction, to Elijah, he just appears on the scene, the faith and power of the Holy Spirit upon him to speak the Words of the Lord.

That is exactly what it was:  A Word of Knowledge, by the Gift of a Prophet:  “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”  Powered by the Gift of Faith.

A lesson on the Gifts of the Spirit, the Talents left by the Master to His servents, those who are expected to increase the Talents, (the Gifts), until His return.   wow…

That took Faith, a knowledge, a belief in the Lord, that is enviable.  I believe it is the Faith, the Lord would have us all, attain.

I believe it is recorded, not to leave us in awe, but to show us, what is possible to them that believe. 

We could walk in this place of power and obedience, fulfilling the will of God, but we don’t want it enough, to learn to sit at the Lords feet, to boldly enter in and reside in the Holy of Holies, under the shadow of the Almighty.

We gladly accept Salvation, forgiveness, justification.  We are happy that simple belief will keep us blameless before the Lord, through the precious blood of Jesus. 

Not because of anything we do, but because of what He did.

How many of us are diligent, persistent, faithful in the renewing of our minds, hiding His Words in our hearts, to become holy, knowing the good, aceptable and perfect will of the Lord, which is, our reasonable service.

The Faith of Elijah,  the Power, the signs and wonders, why aren’t we seeing them today?

Where is the God of Elijah, today?”   

2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

Is that you?  Is your heart perfect toward Him?  Do you believe, would you dare to rebuke the King of His sin? 

The measure of Faith you have received, needs to be built up, enlarged and released, for the glory of God.  

According to your Faith, so be it.

Watch out though, after being obedient,  Elijah heard:  “Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide.”

Be ready to retreat, to hide, to be able to fight another day. 

Obedience to the Lord, may not be a pleasent place, just the place of power and truth, the place I long to stand.  

How about you?

Did more to provoke the LORD God: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

1 Kings: 16. 33.
And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.”

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We are repeating this moment of Israels history.  The northern kingdom had many evil kings, the next worse then the last.

We now meet Ahab and Jezebel, openly worshiping and sacrificing to Baal, a false God. 

It had become no big deal, for all of Israel, to walk in and practice sin. 

If it seems right in our eyes… it is.

God sent in Elijah and a drought. 
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Asa’s heart was perfect: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As a comment to my post:  “In the time of his old age:”  my friend “janjoy52” commented:

“2 Chronicles 16 said Asa went to a foreign king to pay for helping rid Israel’s army. God sent His prophet to say if He handled Asa’s enemies before who were greater in number than Israel’s army why did he seek another (foreign) king and not Him in his distress. Asa rejected God’s word, punished and jailed God’s prophet. Then, the Bible points out, even with his painful feet Asa refused to ask for God’s help.”

She is absolutely correct, so how can the word tell us in 2 places that:

1 Kings 15:11-24
King James Version (KJV)
And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father.

But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the Lord all his days.

2 Chronicles 14:2
King James Version (KJV)
And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God:

2 Chronicles 15:17
King James Version (KJV)
But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

The answer is in the same verses.   “The high places were not taken away out of Israel:

Solomon, did the same thing (  “The high places were not taken away out of Israel:“), and the scriptures clearly tell us:

1 Kings 11:4
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

How could this be?  The same failure in both men, one, the wisest man the world has known. 

One heart turned, the other didn’t.  (Too many wives, I’d guess… lol… that’s what it says).

I know in my own life, when the Lord came into my life, I was delievered from this body of sin and death.

He immediately delivered me from addiction from nicotine, alcohol, and other bad habits.  I no longer craved these things.

12 years later… I decided a cigar would taste good.  It did.  I was addicted again for 18 years.

I loved the Lord, but I was knowingly doing something that He had delivered me from, that I knew He didn’t approve of.

I fought for years to quit, it took a time of prayer and fasting to be delivered, smoke free again, for 6 years, this time.

So, the truth is sin seperates us from God, but it may be, that it is not a sin unto death. 

The only sin that we can not be forgiven is not allowing Jesus to be our Savior and King.

Matthew 12:31-32
King James Version (KJV)
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

John 8:24
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”

1 John 5:15-17
King James Version (KJV)
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.”

I love the Lord, I sin differently, daily… but I ask the Lords forgiveness when I realize the state I am in.

We must know how to repent.  We must take responsibility, and not blame, “that women that You gave me.”

I believe if Adam had known repentance, God, Jesus, would never have had to sacrifice Himself to Jehovah, the Lord because the Lord forgives the contrite heart.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Learn to repent, to turn towards God and away from your sin, keep:  A heart this is perfect all your days. 

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I’ll look for you in heaven.